Notice: America the Beautiful Coins are of limited mintage and often sell out during the pre-sale or soon thereafter.
Cumberland Island Georgia National Seashore 5 oz. Silver America The Beautiful .999 Fine Bullion Coin
The Cumberland Island Georgia silver bullion coin is the fourth in a series of five 2018 America The Beautiful (ATB) five ounce silver bullion coins. It is available for pre-order, shipping by September 21, 2018.
On the Back of the Coin
The Cumberland Island Georgia National Seashore coin depicts a snowy egret perched with its wings spread on a branch in a front of a marsh.
The words “CUMBERLAND ISLAND,” “GEORGIA,” “2018” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” are emblazoned on the coin’s reverse.
The coin’s reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
Watch below as Don Everhart describes the challenges of the engraving process of the Cumberland Island coin.
The Cumberland Island National Seashore maintains undeveloped beaches and maritime forests on a Barrier Island off Georgia’s southeast coast. Established in 1972, the Cumberland Island Georgia National Seashore stretches for nearly 18 miles and encompasses 8,900 acres. The National Seashore boasts protected beaches, oak forests and is home to sea turtles, shorebirds, wading bird, raptors, egrets, heron, storks and waterfowl.
On the Front of the Coin
The ATB silver bullion coins look like giant quarters and even bear a face value of a “quarter dollar”, though the five ounces of silver contained in the coins makes them worth far more.
American The Beautiful Coins in 2018
Earlier this year, the U.S. Mint released the first, second and third coins in the 2018 ATB series, the Pictured Rocks, Michigan, Apostle Islands, Wisconsin and the Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota coins.
The 2018 Apostle Island and Pictured Rocks Michigan coins are SOLD OUT.
What’s Next for 2018?
After the Cumberland Island, the U.S. Mint will release the final coin later in 2018: Block Island Rhode Island (in November).
The United States Mint Quickly Sold Out of the Five ATB Bullion Coins in the 2017 Series and the First Three of the 2018 ATB Series.
The America The Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Quarter Coins were a hit with investors and collectors in 2017. All five designs in the 2017 series sold out quickly as the U.S. Mint limited mintages on all coins. Two of the coins, the Frederick Douglass Historical Site and the Ozark Riverways, saw mintages of just 20,000, the lowest of any ATB coins since the U.S. Mint began production in 2010. The best selling coin in the ATB series in 2017, the Ellis Island coin had its mintage capped at 40,000. Only 35,000 of the first coin of the 2017 series, the Effigy Mound coin were issued. The fifth coin, the George Rogers coin was limited to just 32,400.
The first three coins of the 2018 ATB series, Pictured Rocks, Michigan, Apostle Islands, Wisconsin and the Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota each had mintages of just 30,000 each.
The 2017 ATB total mintage of 147,400 coins was the third lowest in the series’ eight year history. Only the 2012 (113,800) and 2014 (136,000) mintages were lower.
Because of their limited mintages and popularity with collectors, ATB coins often trade at substantial premium in the after-market.
BGASC.com sold out quickly of all five coins in the 2017 ATB series and the first two of the 2018 ATB series and unfortunately, can no longer offer those coins.
2012 ATB Coins Still Available for Sale From BGASC.com
While all past issue ATB coins have long since sold out at the U.S. Mint, BGASC still has available for sale a few of the 2012 ATB series.
About The America The Beautiful Coin Series
The America The Beautiful five ounce silver coins were authorized in 2008 under Public Law 110-456. The ATB coins are five ounces of .999 fine silver and are exact replicas of the designs of the America the Beautiful quarters ($.25) minted for general circulation. The ATB five ounce silver coins even have stamped on them “quarter dollar” on the obverse. ATB five ounce coins are the first five ounce silver coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint.
Each year since 2010, the U.S. Mint has produced five different designs of America the Beautiful coins. The reverse of the ATB coins features various depictions of U.S. National Parks or other national sites. The obverse of the ATB coins looks like a U.S. quarter featuring a portrait of George Washington. Indeed, the ATB series includes U.S. quarters intended for general circulation with face values of twenty five cents that are produced in the same design as their five ounce silver commemorative counterparts.
The ATB quarter program is a 12-year initiative that will honor 56 national parks and other national sites by 2020.
Because of their limited mintages, the ATB silver coins often sell out quickly and in later years sell for higher premiums over the value of their silver bullion content.
This article by BGASC is not, and should not be regarded as, investment advice or as a recommendation regarding any particular course of action.